NASPA Region IV-West is one of the most diverse and expansive regions in all of NASPA. We pride ourselves in our multifaceted voices and welcoming culture. We focus primarily on our members leading the organization and the development of our members. Be a part of what makes IV-W special!
Siyo! Ostu iga! Hello and good day! My name is Tiffany Smith and I am a citizen of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a descendent Muscogee Creek, and was born and raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma. I am the daughter of Diane Nelson (Cherokee and Creek) and Charles Nelson (English, German).
Just like that, one year has flown by! Last March I had the honor of taking the wheel as your Regional Director, and this March, I have the pleasure of welcoming our new Regional Director-Elect into her new position. Congratulations to Dr. Teresa L. Clounch from Fort Hays State University on being named to the role!
fter reading a piece from Josh Alvarez in February's blog titled Transitioning to college and beyond: A reflection, I found myself heading deeper into the world of persistence and retention. In 2016, Vincent Tinto published another piece that I think adds even more strengths to Josh’s questions.
During the summer of 2018, I moved from Wisconsin to Fort Hays State University in Kansas to accept my new position as Assistant Professor of Higher Education Student Affairs. At my previous institution, I was the primary point of contact for military-connected (MC) students, and now at FHSU, I work with the Military Friendly Committee and co-sponsor the Student Veterans Association.
If you’re like me, you probably start hitting the snooze button a few more times each morning as the week moves on because winter implies hibernation and because you utilize your energy supporting staff and students every day.
With the anticipated gathering in Los Angeles, NASPA will honor the Pillars of the Profession 2019. NASPA IV-West is honored to have experienced the fine work of Timothy A. Alvarez, President of Otero Junior College. Many of us served on his Advisory Board and enjoyed his professional approach to advancing the mission of NASPA through regional undertakings.